Nuke deal not to affect weapons programme,foreign policy:AICC

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New Delhi, Sep 21 (UNI) Even as the UPA-Left panel is struggling to end their standoff on the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Congress has brought out a 21-page booklet on the issue, seeking to dispel the apprehensions of the Left and the BJP-led Opposition.

Reaffirming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assurances to Parliament, the AICC has, in the booklet, firmly rejected the NDA's demand for getting Parliament's approval for the proposed 123 Agreement on the deal.

The 123 Agreement would not force India to give up its nuclear weapons programme or affect its three-stage nuclear power programme.

Nor would it come in the way of India pursuing an independent foreign policy, the Congress maintained.

The party has explained the deal in eight chapters -- rising demand for energy, strategy to increase power supply, importance of nuclear energy, nuclear energy is also clean energy, Indo-US agreement on bilateral civil nuclear cooperation, main features of the 123 agreement, 123 will not harm our nuclear weapons programme and 13 frequently asked questions.

UNI

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